JOHOR BAHRU — June 18, 2020: It didn’t take much for several local enforcement personnel to sell the doors to their country to a syndicate smuggling migrants and also drugs but the law eventually caught up with them in the last few days.
As a result 18 police and army personnel have been detained for being involved in this business that had operated in the east coast of Johor in the last few years.
Each personnel is believed to have been paid between RM500 and RM1,000 a month but the fee is believed to have even shot up to RM10,000.
Those detained included five soldiers and a police superintendent from a district headquarters, two personnel from the federal police headquarters and one marine policeman.
The enforcement personnel were picked up in follow-up investigations after 40 syndicate members were arrested in Johor on June 4.
Johor police chief Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said initial investigations revealed that all the suspects were involved in relaying information useful to the syndicate.